CPAP and BiPAP machines — long considered one of the most reliable sleep apnea treatments — have always had their share of issues. Let’s start with the fact that nearly half of CPAP-prescribed patients never even use their machines. Of those who do, complaints are widespread, from feeling claustrophobic, to the sound being loud, to forgetting it while traveling, to dry eyes, to mouth to skin irritations.
And now add one more worry: hazardous foam that can be inhaled and potentially cause cancer.
CPAP Recall & Risks
The recent recall of millions of Philips Respironics machines has caused many patients to take stock of their sleep apnea treatment and wonder: Is there a better alternative to CPAP and BIPAP?
After all, the recall is classified as a Class I recall by the FDA — meaning the breathing ventilator machines in question can cause serious injury or death if their PD-PUR sound abatement foam breaks down.
What is happening is that the sound-abatement foam has been shown to deteriorate over time especially when exposed to humidity and heat, releasing toxic gas and particles directly into patients’ airways.
Cancer (including bladder, lung and stomach cancer), organ problems (kidneys and liver) and respiratory inflammation have been linked to the recalled CPAPs.
Risky in the short term, downright dangerous in the long term.
RECALLED PHILLIPS CPAPS INCLUDE
To find out if your CPAP has been recalled, go to the Philips recall page.
Let’s also not forget the length of time, between when many of the above models were manufactured and sold, and when the FDA issued a recall. All models above manufactured between 2009 and April of 2021 are being recalled. For CPAP users who purchased a machine in 2009, 2010 or 2011, a decade is a long time for these devices to cause dangerous health problems!
For those looking for an alternative to the CPAP, otolaryngologist Dr. Marc Kayem offers several minimally invasive procedures that rely on technique over machines. If you are a victim or previous user of a Phillips CPAP machine, we understand how you may be hesitant to try another CPAP machine. After all, it took the FDA 12 years to notify the public from when these devices were first manufactured. If you were to purchase a different CPAP brand, there is a risk a recall could be issued long after a purchase.
First up is Dr. Kayem’s very own patented procedure, the SnorEX suture, which stiffens the soft palate and raises the uvula to cut back on vibrations while you’re sleeping. Other methods include turbinate reduction, and palate and tongue radiofrequency. Many of these procedures are compatible with patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Stop into our Beverly Hills or Las Vegas office for an examination or schedule a virtual patient consultation. Find out if you’re a good candidate for these CPAP alternatives. You may be able to put away your invasive machine once and for all.